EARLY CHILDHOOD DIRECTOR, DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICE PROGRAMS
Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted : September 3, 2020
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Job Description JOB TITLE: Early Childhood Director
DEPARTMENT: Department of Human Service Programs (City of
JOB CODE/POSITION #: M250-701
HOURS OF WORK: 37.5 hours per week. Some evenings and weekends
UNION AFFILIATION: None
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
About the organization:
Launched in 2015, the Birth to Third Grade Partnership (B3) is a
collaboration between the Cambridge Public Schools and the City of
Cambridge. B3 serves as Cambridge’s central coordinating hub for
early childhood and seeks to address three primary goals:
To build the quality of early education efforts;
To increase access to high quality preschools for the most
underserved families; and
To improve collaboration between systems that support families
with young children.
About the position:
The Early Childhood Director is responsible for helping to set
overall strategy to advance the goals of the Birth to Third Grade
Partnership. The Early Childhood Director also provides leadership
and oversight for the B3 programs, including the Program Quality
Improvement Program, a family scholarship program, and
city-sponsored professional development offerings. During the
COVID-19 pandemic, this position works to support and sustain early
education and care landscape. This position will be a leader and
stakeholder as the City of Cambridge moves to a Universal Pre-K
system. The Early Childhood Director will report to the Assistant
City Manager of Human Services and the Cambridge Public Schools
Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education. Worksite is in
the Cambridge Public School Administration Offices, alongside
senior school department management.
Lead Program Quality Improvement System for early childhood
programs, including cohort recruitment, agreements with community
providers, and oversight of evaluation activities.
Manage network of 20 high quality preschools that accept
city-sponsored scholarships provided to eligible low-income
families, including RFP process, provider selection, and contracts
Facilitate city-wide programming, such as home visiting, that
promote strong family engagement and support as well as contribute
to children’s positive health outcomes.
Manage contracts with programs and vendors, ensuring compliance
with funding requirements and fiscal sponsor stipulations.
Develop and manage B3 budget.
Supervise program staff and external consultants, promoting a
culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values
learning and excellence.
Stakeholder Engagement and Collaboration
Form and collaborate with ad hoc working groups that address
particular goal related programming areas.
Build relationships with relevant local and state agencies
involved with providing subsidies to low income families, such as
the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.
Engage with relevant Cambridge Public Schools departments, e.g.
Office of Student Support Services, Research and Assessment,
Elementary Education, and others to promote effective and efficient
deployment of system resources supporting teaching and
Develop strategic partnerships with peer organizations and early
education leaders to promote and/or enhance B3’s program models,
outcomes, and sustainability.
Thought Leadership and Communications
Partner with other initiatives and programs in the City of
Cambridge focused on children birth to three to help assure smooth
and successful transition into formal preschool programs and public
Develop communication tools that support the cohesion,
coordination, and alignment of early childhood programming as well
as contribute to best practices.
Be a point of contact for the City, School District, and other
external partners for centralized information and status on
Cambridge’s UPK initiatives and implementation efforts.
Pursue new, innovative mission-driven program opportunities,
develop program ideas, launch and oversee the implementation of
partnerships that expand early childhood services.
Draft presentations, reports, and updates to key internal and
external stakeholder groups, such as district leadership, School
Committee, City Council, and other partners.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions.
B3 is seeking an experienced leader in early childhood education
who has demonstrated experience in program management, system-level
thinking, and cross-sector collaborations. A commitment to
centering diversity, equity, and inclusion is essential.
At least 10-years of experience in the field of early childhood
education, research, or policy.
Master’s degree in early childhood education or related
Demonstrated skill and experience in successfully managing
multi-faceted complex projects and navigating public systems, such
as large urban districts, city government, or state
Deep knowledge of early childhood best practices that lead to
positive student outcomes and success in public schools.
Familiarity with early childhood service delivery models in
family-care, center-based, and school settings.
Knowledge of and experience in use of assessment tools and
approaches to evaluate early childhood programs.
Experience developing budgets, forecasting needs, and managing
Familiarly with the Cambridge providers, practices and politics,
and transition into public schools a plus.
Experience working with diverse populations as well as in
promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Standard office environment. Fluorescent lighting, carpeted
floors and air conditioning. Moderate noise level.
Ability to access, input and retrieve information from a
computer. Ability to answer phones and maintain multiple files and
be able to lift a minimum of at least 10 pounds. Ability to travel
throughout the City of Cambridge to various meetings, etc.
RATE: $112,731-$130,786 annually plus excellent benefits
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Internal applicants submit a job bidding
form and 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest;
external applicants submit both your resume and letter of interest
via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or to the Personnel Dept,
Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139.
Fax 617-349-4312. Position will remain open until filled.
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Position Type: Full-time
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